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USEPA Releases FY16 Budget Proposal

moneyThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) newly released Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal highlights protecting the nation's waters and land, as well as improving chemical safety. The $8.6 billion FY16 budget proposal includes $452 million more than USEPA's FY15 budget.

Building on the strong funding level of $2.3 billion provided through the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, $50 million is included in the FY16 budget for technical assistance, training, and other efforts to enhance the capacity of communities and States to plan and finance drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.

USEPA also proposes to increase the Superfund Remedial program by $34 million to assess and remediate sites and return them to productive reuse, while encouraging renewable energy development on formerly hazardous sites when appropriate. The agency wants to expand the Brownfields program with $110 million in grants to local communities.

In support of the White House Executive Order to Improve Chemical Facility Safety and Security, USEPA is requesting $27.8 million for the State and Local Prevention and Preparedness program in the FY16 budget. The increase will allow USEPA to continue to improve the safety and security of chemical facilities and reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals to facility workers and operators, communities, and responders.

More FY16 budget highlights:

  • $239 million to cut carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases
  • $4 billion for Clean Power State Incentive Fund to support State efforts to go above and beyond carbon pollution reduction goals in the power sector
  • State and Tribal Assistance grants increased by $108 million
  • $44.4 million of USEPA programs eliminated to save money

Click here to access the USEPA's FY16 Budget Proposal.


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